Current Endowed Funds at Blake Scholarship Funds

General Financial Aid

Martha & H.B. Atwater, Jr. Scholarship Fund
The long association of the Atwater family and The Blake School spans four generations--from Eleanor Cook Atwater, who attended Northrop Collegiate School in the 1920's to her five great-grandchildren currently enrolled at Blake. Nearly every decade of the school's centennial has seen a member of the Atwater family in attendance.

Established in 1999 by Martha and H. Brewster Atwater, Jr, this scholarship fund honors Eleanor and Brewster Atwater. This endowed fund provides scholarships to middle income students who would not otherwise have a scholarship available to them. The individual scholarship awards are to account for no more than 50% of the recipient's tuition and program expenses at Blake.

Chub Bettels Scholarship Fund
Chub Bettels, a beloved Blake coach and teacher, believed that athletics play an important role in the lives of students. He valued, and worked to instill, sportsmanship, honor, pride, and dedication in all athletes. He also motivated young athletes to achieve their full potential. Upon Coach Bettels death, members from his former track teams joined forces to carry on Chub's work of encouraging young people.

Established in 1992 to honor Chub Bettels memory, the Bettels Fund has become the largest multi-donor fund in Blake's history and the only fund dedicated to a former Blake teacher. The Chub Bettels Scholarship Fund benefits students with financial need at The Blake School. The fund provides an annual scholarship to one designated Bettels Scholar. The recipient is an Upper School student and athlete who exhibits the traits and values that Chub encouraged and taught--honesty, pride, leadership, and being a participant rather than a spectator in both academics and athletics.

Blake Class of 1947 Scholarship Fund
As their 50-year reunion approached, the Blake Class of 1947 "dug deep" and combined their financial resources to endow the first class-designated scholarship at Blake. The fund was the brainchild of George Selover, who suggested he and his classmates give something meaningful back to the school that had given them so much.

Bea Blodgett Scholarship Fund
The Beatrice Blodgett Scholarship Fund was established in 1973 through an anonymous gift from a Northrop alumna and her husband. The objective of the Blodgett Fund is to support a student's attendance at Northrop Collegiate School and at the combined school formed by the merger of Northrop, Blake and Highcroft. The creators of the Blodgett Fund wish to remain anonymous so that the fund will keep the memory of Bea Blodgett alive--and so that other friends of the school will feel welcome to add to the fund.

Noah Foss Scholarship Fund
The date of June 13, 1954 was declared Noah Foss Day. The estimable Latin master had recently retired from Blake School after 42 years of service. Over 800 people attended a celebration to honor Noah Foss--trustees, faculty, parents, alumni and students of two generations. Foss wrote, "As I view the tapestry of my life...each of you has contributed a thread which has combined and blended with other threads to form a harmonious web which I shall always be happy to contemplate."

The community united in a more tangible manner as well. The many friends and colleagues of Noah Foss came together to create the Foss Scholarship Fund. The initial funding of the Foss Scholarship was $11,500--a significant amount for 1954. It is a fitting tribute for a man who epitomized the early years of Blake School; as long as the school lasts, some student will benefit from Noah Foss' legacy.

Merrill "Nick" H. Gibbs, Jr. Memorial Scholarship Fund
Born on December 25, Merrill Gibbs soon earned the moniker of Nick from all who knew him. A graduate of the Blake Class of 1950, Nick and his family have had a long affiliation with the predecessor schools of Blake. His mother Kate Velie Gibbs hails from the Northrop Class of 1928 and both his sisters attended Northrop as well--Marjorie Gibbs Japy '48 and Pamela Gibbs Bacon '55. The Gibbs Fund was established to honor the memory of Nick Gibbs.

The Gibbs Scholarship Fund allows The Blake School to maintain its margin of excellence by providing financial aid to eligible students who could not otherwise afford this opportunity.

Earle & Pauline Gillette Family Fund
Established in 1993, this gift is in memory of Earle P. Gillette, Blake Class of 1917, and Pauline McCarthy Gillette, Northrop Class of 1922. Just as their parents made it possible for them to attend and thrive at Blake's predecessor schools as scholarship students, Peter Gillette and Anne Gillette Briggin have ensured the same path for deserving Blake students in the coming generations.

The Gillette Family Scholarship Fund allows The Blake School to maintain its margin of excellence by providing financial aid to eligible students who could not otherwise afford this opportunity.

Maurice H. & Florence N. Hersh Memorial Scholarship Fund
Burton Hersh is an award-winning author and a graduate of the Blake Class of 1951. After a degree from Harvard, a Fulbright Scholarship and a military stint in Germany, Hersh made his way to New York and a career as a freelance writer for top periodicals. Since 1968, he has published six books, both novels and non-fiction. On the occasion of his 50th reunion in 2001, Mr. Hersh made a generous gift to his alma mater in honor of his parents.

Robbin S. & B. Kristine Johnson Scholarship Fund
Grateful for the educational opportunities and athletic challenges offered to their daughters at Blake, Robb and Kris Johnson chose to do something significant in the connection with the Centennial Campaign. Through their generous gift they are supporting scholarships and outreach programs that help make Blake more accessible to all income ranges, including middle class families.

Thomas P. Johnstone Scholarship Fund
Upon her death in 1996, The Blake School received a generous bequest from the estate of Carole Anne Johnstone to create an endowed scholarship fund. The Thomas Price Johnstone Scholarship Fund honors the memory of her late son, who died during his sophomore year in 1994.

Maggie Mithun Memorial Scholarship Fund
Established in 1992, this gift is in memory of Heidi Margaret Mithun. At the time of her death, Maggie had just completed her freshman year at The Blake School. The Maggie Mithun Fund has ensured an educational opportunity for deserving Blake students for generations to come.

The Mithun Fund allows The Blake School to increase the number of scholarships available to qualified students who could not otherwise afford this opportunity.

Philip Otis Scholarship Fund
This fund, established in 1995 to honor the memory of Phil Otis, allows The Blake School to maintain its margin of excellence by providing financial aid on an annual basis to eligible students who could not otherwise afford this opportunity.

A graduate of the Blake Class of 1991, Phil was an outgoing student who made the most of his educational opportunities at Blake. Through this generous gift from the Valspar Foundation, many new students continue to enjoy those same opportunities at Phil's alma mater.

David T. Purtilo Scholarship Fund
Dr. David Purtilo was keenly interested in youth and education. He was impressed with The Blake School's commitment to excellence in the development of intelligence and independent thinking. As a lasting tribute to her late husband, Dr. Sandra Hanson made a gift to The Blake School to create the David T. Purtilo Scholarship Fund.

Ruth Bovey Stevens Scholarship Fund
As the daughter of the first President of Blake's Board of Trustees and an early advocate of equal education opportunities for girls, Ruth Bovey Stevens' life was as rich and varied as that of The Blake School. Ruth graduated from the Northrop Collegiate School in 1920. All four of her children attended Northrop or Blake. Her five grandchildren witnessed the merger of these schools.

In 1991, Ruth Bovey Stevens made a generous gift to the institution that had been so central in her family's life. The Bovey Stevens Scholarship allows The Blake School to maintain its margin of excellence by providing financial aid on an annual basis for an eligible student who could not otherwise afford this opportunity.

John Deere Velie II Scholarship Fund
The Velie family has a long and continuing relationship with The Blake School. John Deere Velie II attended Blake School with the Class of 1960. At the time of his death in 1963, John's parents, Elizabeth and Charles K. Velie, Sr. established the Velie Scholarship Fund to honor their son's memory.

Dwight Carlton Williams Scholarship Fund
In 1963, Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Williams and family established a memorial scholarship at Blake School to honor their son, Dwight Carlton Williams. Dwight graduated from Blake in 1942, briefly attended Harvard and then joined the war effort in Europe. He was killed in action in Italy on April 30, 1945, shortly before the end of World War II.

The annual income from the Williams Scholarship is to be awarded by the faculty of Blake to assist boys of outstanding ability who otherwise might not be able to secure the advantage of a Blake education. The memorial scholarship perpetuates Dwight's memory and will, perhaps, provide inspiration to the recipients as they study at Blake in the years to come.

Mary Beard Wood Scholarship Fund
Established in 1993, this gift is in memory of Dr. Archibald H. Beard and Mrs. Amelia Beard Fowle. Just as her parents made it possible for her to attend and thrive at Northrop Collegiate School as a scholarship student, Mary Beard Wood has ensured the same path for future generations of deserving Blake students.

Students of Color Financial Aid

The Alliss Scholarship Fund
The Alliss Scholarship Fund honors Charles and Ellora Alliss, whose concern for the education of young people made the fund possible. Established through a grant from the Alliss Educational Foundation in 1979, the Alliss Fund has allowed The Blake School to reaffirm its commitment to diversity.

The goal of the Alliss Scholarship Fund is to identify high-potential minority students who would benefit from an education at Blake, and then support them financially to ensure that their experience is a success. The scholarship is designed so that it will not be funding minority students already supported by other scholarship programs at Blake, but will rather increase the number and diversity of minority students.

Class of 1981 Scholarship Fund
The Class of 1981 Scholarship began with the 1997-1998 school. Year. Several classmates felt that giving to a specific cause would help unify the class and create a stronger tie to Blake. The class designated their fund as a scholarship for a student of color. The money from the 1981 Fund would go toward the tuition needs for each year that the student attended Blake. The fund recipient is to be an Upper School student of color.

Glenn S. and Jean C. Brooks Family Scholarship Fund
Glenn Brooks and Jean Campbell Brooks were members of the Blake and Northrop Classes of 1944 and they educated their three children at their alma mater. Their personal connection to Blake was a strong one, having made many lifelong friends during their years at Blake and Northrop. They also enjoyed and understood the educational benefits they received from their schools.

The Glenn S. and Jean C. Brooks Family Scholarship Fund identifies high-potential minority students who would benefit from an education at Blake and then support them financially to ensure that their experience is a success. The scholarship is designed so that it will not be funding minority students already supported by other scholarship programs at Blake, but will rather increase the number and diversity of minority students.

Matthew O. Fitzmaurice Scholarship Fund
Matthew Fitzmaurice attended The Blake School with the Class of 1978. His sons, Jack and William carry on the family legacy as members of the Classes of 2012 and 2014. In 1997, Mr. Fitzmaurice established the Fitzmaurice Fund to allow The Blake School to reaffirm its commitment to diversity.

The goal of the Matthew Fitzmaurice Scholarship Fund is to identify high-potential minority students who would benefit from an education at Blake and then support them financially to ensure that their experience is a success.

The scholarship is designed to support the long-term goal at Blake to increase the financial aid available for students of color in the earlier grades. It may also be used toward co-curricular expenses such as transportation and extended daycare for minority students.

Alice Bean Fraser Scholarship Fund
As she was a member of the Graham Hall Class of 1901, Alice Bean Fraser was witness to The Blake School's origin. In 1975, the school received a generous bequest from Mrs. Fraser's estate. The gift established an endowed scholarship fund at The Blake School to support the education of minority children, particularly in the primary grades.

The goals of the Alice Bean Fraser Scholarship Fund is to identify high-potential minority students who would benefit from an education at Blake and then support them financially to ensure that their experience is a success. The scholarship is designed so that it will not be funding minority students already supported by other scholarship programs at Blake, but will rather increase the number and diversity of minority students. In addition to providing money for tuition, the fund is also used for non-tuition expenses.

Just as the Board of Trustees is dedicated to diversity at The Blake School, the Fraser Fund strives to increase awareness, teacher training and student consciousness-raising on the issue of cultural diversity.

Helen Lawrence Maxfield Scholarship Fund
In 1996, The Blake School received a generous bequest from the estate of Helen Maxfield, Northrop Class of 1925. Although she had moved to Seattle, Washington in 1949, Mrs. Maxfield retained fond memories of her time at Blake's predecessor school. She and her husband visited Blake in the 1990's and decided to include the school in their estate planning. The Maxfield Fund at The Blake School supports the education of minority children.

The goal of the Helen Lawrence Maxfield Scholarship Fund is to identify high-potential minority students who would benefit from an education at Blake and then support them financially to ensure that their experience is a success. The scholarship is designed so that it will not be funding minority students already supported by other scholarship programs at Blake, but will rather increase the number and diversity of minority students.

Mary Heffelfinger Morrison Scholarship Fund
Mary Heffefinger Morrison's long association with The Blake School began when she attended Northrop Collegiate School during her youth. Later, two of her sons attended Blake. The current Highcroft campus sits on a portion of the estate first owned by her grandfather.

Upon her death in 1994, The Blake School received a generous bequest to create an endowed scholarship fund. The Mary Heffelfinger Morrison Scholarship Fund allows The Blake School to increase the number of scholarships available to qualified students. Further, as directed by the Morrison Trust, fifty percent of the annual amount drawn from the fund is to be used for minority students.

Thomas Edwin Oakes Scholarship Fund
The Thomas Edwin Oakes Scholarship Fund was established in 1963 in memory of this graduate of the Blake Class of 1937. Mr. Oakes' mother, sister, Betty Oakes Clarke-Northrop '34, and her husband and their family, Blake classmates and other friends created a lasting tribute to his memory. The fund is used to support financial aid students at The Blake School, with preference given to candidates of Mexican or Hispanic descent.

Albert Sheldon, Jr. Scholarship Fund
In 1987, the Sheldon family established an endowed scholarship fund at The Blake School to support the education of minority children, particularly in the primary grades. The gift was made in memory of Abe Sheldon, Blake Class of 1940.

The goals of the Albert Sheldon Minority Scholarship Fund is to identify high potential minority students who would benefit from an education at Blake and then support them financially to ensure that their experience is a success. The scholarship is designed so that it will not be funding minority students already supported by other scholarship programs at Blake, but will rather increase the number and diversity of minority students. In addition to providing money for tuition, the fund is also used for non-tuition expenses. The primary focus is increasing enrollment opportunities at the Lower School level.

Just as the Board of Trustees is dedicated to diversity at The Blake School, the Sheldon Fund strives to increase awareness, teacher training and student consciousness-raising on the issue of cultural diversity.

Co-Curricular Financial Aid

Blake Parent Association
The Parents Association Scholarship Fund--financed by the Spring Festivals of 1982-84-- allows The Blake School to maintain its margin of excellence by providing financial aid to eligible students who could not otherwise afford this opportunity. It is also used to fund several small awards to students at all grade levels to cover extraneous expenses for co-curricular activities.

Robert W. Shogren Memorial Scholarship Fund
Established in 1991 in memory of Bob Shogren, the parents of five Blake alumni, the Shogren Memorial Fund helps deserving students at Blake afford the opportunity to participate in any activity offered to them regardless of their personal financial situation.

As each of the Shogren children were able to experience Blake to its fullest, the goal of the Shogren Memorial Fund is to help students with co-curricular expenses. The focus is primarily on fees incurred by Upper School students, typically those on financial aid. However, the fund is available to any student wishing to participate in extra-curricular activities, by whose family cannot absorb the additional expense.

Debbie Dyar Stevens Memorial
The Debbie Dyar Stevens Memorial Scholarship Fund was established in 1988 in memory of Debbie and in honor of the 25th reunion of the Northrop Class of 1963. The fund is used to support non-tuition financial aid for girls in the Upper School at The Blake School.

The Dyar Stevens Scholarship allows The Blake School to maintain its margin of excellence with support beyond that provided by tuition. At the same time, it provides financial aid on an annual basis for eligible students who could not otherwise afford this educational opportunity.